A Note On Wide Load Permits

To tackle road improvements faster and to provide a safer work environment for work zone workers, the Odessa District is asking permitted wide loads to travel U.S. Highway 285 between Pecos and the New Mexico state line between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays.

Loads wider than 8 feet 6 inches require a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Wide loads moving through the corridor throughout the day presents safety challenges for the contractors working in the work zones as well as drivers/travelers who may be confused by traffic control devices that are often displaced by wide loads.

To accommodate wide load traffic, the Odessa District is designating a travel window from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. through the permitting process for wide loads to use the Highway 285 corridor between Pecos and the New Mexico state line.

Work zone managers can restrict wide loads from traveling through any of the work zones unless specific and safe arrangements are made with the construction work zone manager at least 24 hours in advance. Work zone manager contact information will be listed on permits.

These guidelines are designed to increase safety for construction zone workers as well as motorists. It will have the added benefit of allowing contractors to work unimpeded. This should help expedite the projects and shorten construction times.

Until wide load restrictions are lifted on the four road projects currently underway on Highway 285, approved permits will see the following conditions:

  • Permittee must have front and rear escorts if required by law, and must have wide load signs front and rear.
  • The driver must contact TxDOT’s construction work zone manager (contact information shown on permit) prior to entering the work zone.
  • The permittee must alert TxDOT’s construction work zone manager (contact information shown on permit) if any traffic control devices are disturbed while moving through the construction work zone.
  • Permittee may only transport an oversized load in the work zone between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekdays, unless specific and safe arrangements are made with TxDOT’s construction work zone manager at least 24 hours in advance.  The construction work zone manager is under no obligation to allow oversized load movements at times other than those listed above..

About Permits

For assistance in determining the permit types available for your vehicle and/or load, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website at www.txdmv.gov and log in to the Texas Permitting & Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) and select the Permit Wizard, or call (800) 299-1700. General guidelines require permits for loads wider than 8 feet 6 inches, taller than 14 feet, heavier than 80,000 pounds, and longer than 45 feet for single vehicles and 59 feet for semitrailers. More guidelines on combination vehicle loads can be found at www.txdmv.gov.

For information on the construction projects already under way in the Delaware Basin, visit the TxDOT website at www.txdot.gov and search “Delaware Basin.”


Traffic Alerts

Three projects between Pecos and the New Mexico state line are still affecting traffic with construction. A fourth project south of Pecos is also under way. Permitting is crucial for oversized loads. While we have two-way traffic on virtually all sections at all times, there are still width restrictions in place throughout the corridor. Please get permits when needed and follow the permits as issued.

Projects Overview

The Odessa District is working to address road conditions in the Delaware Basin on roads like US Highway 285 in Reeves County. In addition to routine maintenance, four projects worth about $100 million are under construction between Pecos and the New Mexico state line. In addition to rehabilitating the road, passing lanes will be added throughout the corridor. Intersection improvements will be made in key places, as well as guardrail end treatments, concrete structure repair/replacement, crash cushion attenuators, overhead lighting, and sign replacements/additions. Work is also scheduled on adjacent roads Ranch-to-Market 652 and State Highway 302 in Loving County and Reeves County.

 

US 285 Projects

US 285, from New Mexico State Line to RM 652

All-way stop condition at Orla will remain in place until intersection work is complete (should be done by June). This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 13.3 miles of US 285. Key features of project::

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes).
  • Project scope: Add passing lanes, culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings.
  • Construction completion estimate: Winter 2020.
  • Bid price: $32 million (FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.).

US 285, from RM 652 to CR 232

This project will rehabilitate approximately 10.8 miles of US 285. Key features of project:

  • Installed a four-way stop condition at the intersection of RM 652 in Orla.
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings. Some passing lanes will be included as well.
  • Construction completion estimate: Spring 2019.
  • Bid price: $12.5 million. Constructors Inc. of Carlsbad, N.M.

US 285, from CR 232 to SH 302

Virtually complete with on-road work, this project,  added passing lanes and rehabilitated approximately 10.5 miles of US 285.  Key features of project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes).
  • Project scope: Add passing lanes, culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings.
  • Construction completion estimate: Spring 2019. Only off-road work remains.
  • Bid price: $15 million (FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.).

US 285, from SH 302 to FM 1216

This project will  add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 16.8 miles of Highway 285. Key features of project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes)
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings. Some passing lanes will be included as well.
  • Construction completion estimate: Fall 2020.
  • Bid price: $31.6 million (Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company, of Roanoke, Texas).

US 285, from RM 652 to CR 232

This project, which will also run from RM 652 to CR 232, is scheduled to have a bid opening in July 2020. With an estimated cost of $8.5 million, the project will improve pavement structure, add more passing lanes, improve intersections, and replace bridge at 4-Mile Draw.

US 285, from I-20 to 2.5 miles south of CR 113

This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 16.8 miles of Highway 285. It will also make intersection improvements at FM 1450. Key features of project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes)
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings. Some passing lanes will be included as well.
  • Construction completion estimate: Winter 2019/2020.
  • Bid price: $18.9 million (FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz.)

 

SH 302 Projects

SH 302, from US 285 to 0.2 miles east of East FM 1933

This project will add passing lanes and rehabilitate approximately 5.6 miles of Highway 302. Key features of the project:

  • Widening to a Super 2 (alternating passing lanes).
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings.
  • Construction completion estimate: Winter 2019/2020.
  • Bid price: $12.5 million (Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving of Odessa).

Upcoming SH 302 Projects

A Winkler County project from Loving County line to SH 115 opens bids in November 2019. A Loving County project from FM 1933 to Winkler County line opens bids in September 2020. A project from County Road 313 in Winkler County to SH 181 in Ector County opens bids in August 2021.

 

RM 652 Projects

RM 652 Bridge Replacement at Salt Creek

This project has been completed by Lesna Construction Inc., on a bid price of $3,793,865.

RM 652, from US 285 to Pecos River

This project has been completed by Constructors Inc, on a bid price of approximately $6 million.

RM 652, from Pecos River to New Mexico state line

  • Key items: Rehabilitating road, improving intersections, and widening shoulders.
  • Project scope: Culvert replacement, structure widening, bridge rail, signs, pavement markings.
  • Construction completion estimate: Fall 2020.
  • Bid price: $19.2 million (Johnson Corporation, a Southland Company, of Roanoke).

A Reeves County project from US 285 to the Culberson County line lets in February 2020.

Contact Us

TxDOT Odessa District
3901 E. Highway 80
Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 332-0501
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